Christoph Schoener

Sensational discovery


While searching for a special birthday present for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, his successor at St. Michael’s, Church Musical Director Christoph Schoener, made a sensational discovery. At the Bach archive in Leipzig, he found the Jauchzet, frohlocket Easter cantata among a collection of sheet music which had been thought lost for some time. The piece was last performed at St. Michael’s in Hamburg in 1786.

Christoph Schoener would like to organize another production of the recently discovered piece as a birthday concert at St. Michael’s on Easter Monday 2014, along with Bach’s best-known work, the oratorio Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu.

Breathe new life into the once-lost memories

238 years later, Christoph Schoener will need a large baroque orchestra for the repeat performance of the Easter cantata. 1,600 concert guests would have to attend to cover the full costs of the performance, which is more visitors than usually come to hear an obscure piece of music. As a birthday present for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the St. Michael’s Foundation has approved an indemnity bond of up to €10,000 for the concert on 21 April 2014, and hopes you can help.

Make a donation for the performance of the easter cantata at St. Michael’s in Hamburg!

As a thank you, anyone who donates €100 or more will receive a concert ticket free of charge. Be one of the first to hear the cantata in over 200 years on 21 April 2014.

Breathe new life into the once-lost melodies!

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Catchwort: Sensational discovery